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Veteran from Tucson writes book on war from unique perspective

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Mike Olson is the author of the Crossing the Tigress. It is a historical fiction book about an Iraqi woman who must either trust the Americans or support the Insurgency.

Olson spent more than 20 years in the Army. He decided to write the book after his second deployment to Iraq and after he retired.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Olson was assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority. He worked with a staff of Iraqi architects, engineers and health care providers to improve the Iraqi healthcare system.

The protagonist in his book is based loosely on one of his co-workers.

“I attempt to write the book from the perspective of an Iraqi woman who I worked with,” said Olson.

The woman he worked with was forced to flee Iraq, with her family. He helped her family get to the United States and become citizens.

“We always tend to think of war and how it has to do with our economy or our troops, and there is just so much more.”

Olson said he wrote a book that was honest. He said he wrote from the perspective of the insurgents, as well as the US military and the Iraqi people.

“We need to realize that there's far more similarities between the Iraqi people and us, Muslims and Christians, than there are differences,” Olson said. “I think that if this lesson were to go out, and people were to digest it, I think the world would be a slightly better place.”

It took Olson 10 years to write the book. 

To purchase Crossing the Tigress, click here.

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